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. this hour president obama will speak live at the white house flanked by middle-class families whose household budgets depend on congress reaching a deal by january 1st. his latest effort to use his bully pulpit. nearby on capitol hill, both parties are meeting behind closed doors at this very minute. each side hashing out where they are willing to compromise and where they are drawing the line in the sand. >>> the other big story we're watching for you, a second round of sitdowns for united nations ambassador susan rice, who's in an all-out campaign of her own to face her critics. after three republicans issued blistering comments yesterday, this morning rice is meeting with republican senator susan collins of maine and in an hour is expected to meet with senator bob corker of tennessee. rice's harshest krit eks are still vowing to block her potential nomination as next secretary of state. >> i think everybody gets to, one, be nominated, and, two, go through the hearings and the debate and discussion. but right now i would be very hard-press hard-pressed. >> what they're suging is t
, later taking that up with the a-team. the obama white house talking mandate, but what about all those governors and state legislatures? how well did the president really do in this campaign? after tonight's "chalk talk," you tell us if it's a mandate. after president obama defeated governor romney in the race for president, is the g.o.p. ready for change? after two consecutive presidential losses, is it time for republicans to reset? steven hayes and shawn spicer join us here next. twins. i didn't see them coming. i have obligations. cute obligations, but obligatio. i need to rethink the core of my portfolio. what i really need is sleep. introducing the ishares core, building blocks for the heart of your portfolio. find out why 9 out of 10 large professional investors choose ishares for their etfs. ishas by blackrock. call 1-800-ishares for a prospectus which includes investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. read and consider it carefully before investing. risk includes possible loss of principal. lou: the target of bipartisan anger, but is his tax pledge really the problem
. president obama has not yet even nominated her. but the white house says she is enormously qualified. senators john mccain, lindsey graham and kelly ayotte say they're even more troubled now after meeting with ambassador rice. the attack on libya on september 11 killed the u.s. ambassador, cries stevens and three other americans. five days later, ambassador rice went on the sunday talk shows and said u.s. officials believed it was a spontaneous reaction to protest over an anti-islam video. not a preplanned terrorist attack. first the controversy was over whether the white house made the change in the talking points. but that's past because intelligence officials say they gave ambassador rice those talking points. today senator graham called the information disconnected from reality. >> not only is the information bad and i'm more convinced than ever that it was bad, it was unjustified to give the scenario as presented by ambassador rice and president obama three weeks before an election. >> shepard: rice said while we wish we had had perfect information, just days after the terrorist
. go like a pro. glnchts there's a shot of the white house. the meeting between president obama and efrl of the nation's ceos set to begin momentarily, about ten minutes away. you have the ceos today of goldman sachs, caterpillar, our boss at comcast, marriott, and many other top executives there. we saw jimmy lee earlier there. >> all of them trying to rise above. >> well, they're rising above. it's unfortunately, many of the people they're visiting with aren't. >> exactly. >> we need to get a boat load of pins to our elected officials. there it is. 60 million american workers covered by a 401(k) or similar retirement plan. brian warns that the tax benefits that go along with those plans could be on the chopping block in the tax debate brewing in washington. that will severely curb retirement savings. >> but financialed a vie or natalie pace says these are concerns that are being way overblown. both join us now. make your case, natalie. why are they being overblown in. >> the only discussion i've heard of is in the ways and means committee. the republican chairman said he wants
for the president of the united states. at the white house today, senior obama administration officials met with liberal leaders and union officials. "the washington post" reports that one told him after the meeting, quote, would the white house go off the cliff if it's between that and compromising their core principles? i was left with the impression that they would. illinois democratic senator dick durbin spoke today at the liberal center for american progress where he said this about the possibility of going off the cliff which fears of this show know is is really more of a curb than a cliff. >> some have called let's go over the cliff and watch what happens. we know if we're not careful, it will in fact stop economic growth and hurt everyone through every income category, particularly those most vulnerable. >> what he did not say is he must not go off the cliff. because the cliff is president obama's and the congressional democrats leverage over republicans. if we do go off the cliff or the curb on january 1st, a republican nightmare will occur. all income tax rates will go up and defe
meeting with president obama at the white house today. [ unintelligible ] president obama has called apple's ceo cook to get his input. nancy pelosi will be meeting with business leaders as well. >>> rayer nation, we want to see your team pride we invite to you e-mail fan photos to u report. we'll post the photos and show them on air during raiders day coming up december 6th when we will broadcast the game live from the coliseum at 5 p.m.. since we are not -- >> we'll see peyton manning in a broncos uniform >>> rain and wind hitting the bay area right now. here's a look at live doppler, meteorologist lisa argen is ahead with the areas seeing the most rain now and will see the most rain in the 8 to 9:00 hour. >>> the bay area city hit by a wall of mud a few weeks ahead the preparations to make sure the wet weather doesn't cause more of a another disaster. >> reporter: i'm katie marzullo in pacifica, rain has been coming and going the wind will not let up. i have a warning from the coast guard for >>> at 6:30 let's start by looking at the palm trees on the embarcadero and the flags, those wi
to do it all over again. speaker boehner told obama at the white house that the debt ceiling is "my leverage." despite having direct experience of how this plays out, despite using the debt ceiling as a bargaining chip last year and know whag that did to the country, john boehner says he sees doing it again this year as his leverage. >> i'm the most reasonable, responsible person here in washington. the president know this is. >> and i will destroy the american economy single handedly unless you give me something that i want. i will tank this nation's economy. thus wiping away tens of billions of dollars of american wealth by my own decision unless you give me what i want. because i'm the most reasonable man in washington. we can have disagreements on matters of policy. we can disagree on the tales we tell each other about how to get to the best outcomes for the country. we can even disagree about basic values about what kind of country we ought to be. but the thing you can generally assume about everybody who is in public service is that they are public servants. they want the coun
? >> they make the obama white house or susan rice look stronger but fighting the fight, three, four, five of them on a losing cause and won't hold up the nomination with four senators. >> it would appear that prior to yesterday that this was all a political passing storm that would get through this and speak behind closed doors and get through this or she would get through this but maureen dowd today in "the new york times" and in an interview with senator susan collins of maine, a moderate voice on the republican site of the aisle expresses some misgivings about ambassador rice, which is a real, i would think, danger sign for her -- >> listen, the president is going to get the secretary of state that he wants. if he wants susan rice, other republicans are going to do is waste a lot of time and effort and in the last -- in the last -- they know something that nobody else knows that susan rice was deliberately cooking the books but when she has the intel community sitting next to her saying this is what we'll let you say, i think she's pretty good shape. >> i think that's true and also mak
. and president obama meets with ceo's from goldman sachs, yahoo! pfizer, california among others and the white house today. and some of the same executives will also meet with house republicans, and then the president goes campaign style on the road and that's on friday, and selling his tax the rich and don't cut entitlements plans to the public when he makes a stop in montgomery county, pennsylvania. he's going to visit a toy manufacturing plant there. and now, there has been a shift in focus towards entilements and spending cuts and away from taxes and no movement in harry reid's association, he says that democrats have cut enough. >> well, remember we've already done more than a billion dollars worth of cuts, we've already done that. so we need credit for that and those negotiations that take place, and however, here is a cave caveat, senator dick durbin is taking a hard line approach. quote, we can't be so naive to believe that just taxing the rich will solve our problems and put everything on the table, repeat. everything on the table. and that's the left of center dick durbin. yesterday,
with the president. despite signs that negotations between the gop and president obama may be faltering, the white house spokesman is putting out an optimistic tone. "i would point to comments by members of both parties that demonstrate, i think, significant movement toward compromise that, as i have seen and as you and others i'm sure have reported on, demonstrate a change in tone." the president and republicans have just 33 days to avoid another recession. at the end of the year, tax breaks expire and drastic spending cuts are due to take effect. bracing for those higher tax rates possibly coming next year, some corporations are handing out 2012 dividend payments that are looking more like christmas presents. walmart and dillard's are among several companies paying dividends in december instead of in early 2013. currently taxed at 15%, that rate, under automatic fiscal cliff increases, could more than double. many investors believe that no matter how the fiscal cliff situation is resolved, dividend tax rates will likely increase in 2013. jamie dimon is getting public praise from billionaire warr
:00 central time right here on nbc. >>> this afternoon first lady michelle obama will welcome military families to the white house to view the 2012 holiday decorations. this is video from last year's festivities. mrs. obama scheduled to speak in the east room. >>> and happy birthday to one of our favorite funny men, jon stewart. he turns 50 today. >>> all day long you can stay on top of the very latest developments in those stories and others as they break on msnbc. and tonight be sure to watch "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. >>> and, finally, here's a look at what's coming up later this morning on the "today" show. yahoo ceo marissa mayer talks about today's meeting with president obama and the future of her company, and "the voice" finalist chris mann performs songs from his debut album. >>> and now keep it on this channel for continuing local news, weather, sports, and more. i'm lynn berry. thanks for watching "early today," it's just your first stop of the day, today on your nbc station. have a good one. >>> good morning, everybody. it is 4:30 on the news. i'm jon kelley. >
romney will have a private lunch at the white house with president obama in the private dining room, the first opportunity they've had to visit since the election. there will be no press coverage of this meeting. was this signalled? did we expect this? >> it was. they said as early as election night i think that this sort of thing was going to cur. it was postponed a little bit because of the romney remarks about gifts, but they seem to have gotten past that. i suspect you'll see a photo release of them strolling down the colonade in the white house and making nice. but i wouldn't expect any advance on the fiscal cliff to come out of that. >> dana milbank, clarence paige, thanks very much. >> thank you, chris. >>> another story that won't go away. tampa socialite joe kelley, the woman at center of the e-mail fiasco with general petraeus and allen, she's fighting back. her high-profile lawyer released some of her e-mails and phone calls and abbe lowell says they prove she didn't do anything wrong and she was never more than friends with either general. he also says he will sue if the
. i'm an optimist. >> brown: hopeful signs emanated from the white house and the capitol today, about getting a deal before the new year brings automatic tax hikes and spending cuts. president obama offered his optimism at an event with middle-class americans who'd be hit by any tax increase. >> i'm glad to see-- if you've been reading the papers lately-- - that more and more republicans in congress seem to be agreeing with this idea that we should have a balanced approach. so if both parties agree we should not raise taxes on middle class families, let's begin our work with where we agree. >> brown: one such lawmaker is republican house member tom cole of oklahoma. the journal "politico" reported he's urging colleagues to extend middle class tax cuts but allow tax rates for top earners to rise for now. that's what the president wants, but republican leaders have called for raising revenues by closing loopholes and capping deductions. and this morning, house speaker john boehner said he'd reinforced that position to congressman cole. >> you're not going to grow the economy if you rais
injured. >>> turning now to 607 at the white house, president barack obama meets with middle-class americans and with corporate ceos. he is pushing his ideas for a corporate cliff to renew middle- class tax cuts before they expire at the end of the year. coming up, how the white house is also using social media to rally public support for its position. >>> well 400,000 are watching it happen in washington and that's because of emergency federal unemployment benefits due to expire december 29th unless congress is due to expire. they are noticing the possible loss of benefits which are going into the mail this week. >>> 6:09 is the traffic and certainly could be an issue as we get some rain, let's check in with tara who is in for sal. >> people need to take it slow with the rain coming in. we have a map showing an accident on grant line road and this is sort of a slow stretch anyway so of course it is not helping the situation. up next we are looking at the bay bridge toll plaza and the metering lights are on so give yourself some extra time and that bong is extending back to t
of the nation's top business leaders set to meet president obama at the white house. there's a live shot of it. up next, we're joined by one ceo who says stop all the tax hike talk, we have a spending problem. that's what matters most. >>> plus, rising above the rhetoric. we hear from one republican who says the best way to fix the debt is to cut spending and raise taxes on the rich. >>> and later, don't look now, but the tax benefits from your 401(k) could be on the chopping block as part of a broad fiscal cliff deal. [ male announcer ] at scottrade, you won't just find us online, you'll also find us in person, with dedicated support teams at over 500 branches nationwide. so when you call or visit, you can ask for a name you know. because personal service starts with a real person. [ rodger ] at scottrade, seven dollar trades are just the start. our support teams are nearby, ready to help. it's no wonder so many investors are saying... all ] i'm with scottrade. olaf gets great rewards for his small business! pizza! [ garth ] olaf's small business earns 2% cash back on every purchase, every da
and tax increases at the start of 2013. from the white house came word that president obama will try to build public pressure on congress to raise taxes on the wealthy and prevent tax hikes for everyone else. white house spokesman jay carney. >> well, the president believes very strongly that the american people matter in this debate. because this debate is about them. the question of whether or not taxes go up on 98% of american tax payers is a very important to ordinary americans. it is not just a matter for discussion between the president and the senate minority leader. or other congressional leaders. >> brown: to that end the president met privately today with small business owners. on friday he'll travel to the philadelphia area to speak further on the issue. not to be outdone, house republicans said they'll meet with small business owners and workers in their districts arguing against the president's plan. in the senate republican my ontario leader mitch mcconnell dismissed the president's new tactics. >> as we head into the fiscal cliff negotiations, my advice to the presiden
the intelligence community. >> sreenivasan: president obama has strongly defended rice. and a white house spokesman today criticized what he called the republican "obsession" with her initial statements on benghazi. protesters in egypt staged nationwide rallies today against egyptian president mohamed morsi and his muslim brotherhood. in cairo, more than 100,000 people filled tahrir square to condemn morsi's decree that makes his decisions immune to judicial review. earlier, there were clashes between protesters and police. the rallies were some of the largest since the overthrow of president hosni mubarak last year. in syria, government warplanes bombed towns in the north and east, in the face of new advances by rebel fighters. in one attack, the planes dropped barrels filled with explosives and gasoline just west of idlib city. reports of the dead ranged from five to 20. the regime is using intensive air raids to try to beat back rebel gains. forensic experts took samples from the remains of yasser arafat today, hoping to determine once and for all if the late palestinian leader was poisoned. ara
the white house announcing that tomorrow president obama will host a private lunch at the white house with mitt romney. there's no word yet on what the two formal rivals will be talking about. but the white house e-mail says it's the first chance they've had to meet since the election. >>> the election may be over but president obama is campaigning again. as ktvu's alison burns reports, the president wants public support for his plan for the fiscal cliff crisis. >> reporter: dave, the president is meeting with ceos, including those who backed mitt romney and then he will meet with middle-class families. he's trying to sell the plans for the fiscal cliff, those that kick in at the end of the month. now, investors grow increasingly worried about whether congress should be able to avert the crisis. democrats and republics are deadlocked on a range of issue including the president's plan to raise taxes. republicans say the proud should quit campaigning. >> he's back on the campaign trail, presumably doing what we're all familiar with. >> so to suggestion that we should -- now that the ele
is meeting with president obama at the white house today, part of a ceo roundtable to help the president avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. if there is no deal we will all see tax hikes and government will cut spending beginning january. president obama has also called apple's ceo cook to get his input. >>> 5:17. first of a series of storms is arriving in the bay area now. >> not that we want to panic when the national weather service calls it a river of rain -- >> many terms, atmospheric river, pineapple express, we don't like those terms. it puts everybody in a panic we will get through this. live look right now from our sutro camera, wind warning along the coast. you can see heaviest cells offshore from the north coast, mendocino, sonoma, marin light rain around the bay continuing to develop. closer look from sea ranch, fort ross, highway 1, bodega bay, wet around windsor over the richmond san rafael bridge, lighter returns the blue here pinole wet weather into the east bay 680 looking at wet weather as well as milpitas and down around the south a from pescadero. wind advisory is going
reportedly held a private meeting with senior obama administration white house officials. according to the "washington post" the groups were told not to worry about any entitlement reforms or big budget cuts. the so-called safety net programs according to them are not going to be touched and the progressive groups walked away feeling very happy. the report say the white house feels it does not need to compromise, period and is willing to let the big tax hike happen on everybody. the big tax hike is what everybody will face not just the rich or the middle class. they think they'll be in a better position to negotiate with the g.o.p. after that happens. chris stirewalt joins me, host of power play on foxnews.com. >> i was a little frightened, i thought something i, really bad was happening instead of the standard badness. megyn: that is terrifying. [laughter] back down to business, the progressive groups, the union groups meet with white house officials and are very happy, which, you know, strikes fear down the spines of republicans out there i suppose. but can it really be that presi
: i am surprised that obama let new the white house, you are a -- is your restaurant on the endangered list because it is all bad stuff, live if. >> no, a lot of people love your products. neil: i think that president speaks a few, don't think that michelle does. >> we think that first lady has a very good initiative but we have a simple philosophy. neil: are trying to be nice, i think they scare. >> you i'm not sure, we've had a lot of up flew owns the white house they consult with us, only thing i would like too cam plain about we would like to be consulted on fiscal cliff. neil: a lot of ceos have been splitting with us on this show, just make a deal, but others say, you know, neil, do not make a stupid dial, do not make it tax hikes, that means, credit rating agencies come and lower your credit rating anyway because have you not addressed spending do you worry about that? >> i do, and i worry about fact we're in a industry, that is both franchise and food industry, fan of choice franchise industry has 9 million jobs, and restaurant industry has 13 million. that is the second bigges
. the reestablishment of the white house initiative by president obama was another accomplishment. president obama's cabinets has dr. steven chu. the very first asian-american -- as ambassador to the republic of china. we have a lot of accomplishments. it was not that accident, my friends. everyone of you know that you work hard. all these things are done on purpose. i want to let you know that we also can boast twice as many asian-americans on federal benches. those of us to understand the impact of the supreme court and what it can do or on june, we know that having asian-americans on the federal bench is a line up for appointments to the supreme court. thank you very much for this opportunity. i want to say that silicon valley is the birthplace of high-tech. silicon valley is the birthplace of norm. five minutes? thank you very much. [applause] >> thank you, congressmen. we would have extended the five minutes if we got a karaoke's song. >> this event would have not been possible by the financial contributions of our sponsors. we want to thank chevron corp., wells fargo, mcdonald's, academy of
behind obama's plan. prez also met privately today today with small business owners. the white house hopes to convince republicans to tax increase for the wealthy and extend tax cuts for middle class. they're meeting is scheduled for the first week in december. >> the fiscal cliff loomed large on wall street. the stocks delined a mist concerns. dough fell 89 point. retailers boasting record sales for sign or monday. a survey shows online sales rhodes 30%. compared to same lime last year. that make it is the biggest online shopping day ever. researchers sate number of people shopping with their smart phones jumped more than 70%. >> a new program is giving potential home inners neither bay area some home. officials in oakland this morning to announce city lift fm. offers down payment assistance. the program a joint effort betweenwells for a foe and the unity council to revitalize neighborhoods. >>> a great holiday season experience 250 families are going tote to get a $20,000 down paint towards stabilizing many of the neighborhoods in oaklandened surrounding cities. >>> city lift fm ap
four-year low. president obama holding a second ceo summit today at the white house to get input from top business leaders on how the administration and congress can solve the crisis over the fiscal cliff. and fitch slashes argentina's rating by five notches on fears over a possible default. we'll speak to a bondholder who once represented the country's creditors. >>> first, let's check in on european markets. they are opening in the red, as you can see there. wow. a significant leg down on the ibex 35 there just since the last time we've checked in. now 1.3%, that index is shedding. the others holding up a little bit better, but still seeing losses. let's take a look at the bond space and see if a similar tone is con veiled. we are seeing yields continue to fall on a bit of a rally, including in the periphery where spain is yielding 4.5% in italy. earlier, we saw the euro/dollar weaker and still is by about .2 of a percent. also keeping an eye on that dollar/yen, which is dropping by half a percent today to 81-70. so below 82. for more, let's head over to deirdre wong morris. the sha
's the greatest white house correspondent. >> and sure he does. lou: all the best of luck. president obama taking his fiscal cliff proposals to the campaign trail. stay tuned. we will find out. the negotiating table is next. before copd... i took my son fishing every yr. we had a greaspot, not easy to find, but worth it. but with copd making it hard to breathe, i thought those days might be over. so my doctor prescribed symbicort. it helps snificantly improve my lung function starting within five minutes. symbicort doesn't replace a rescue inhaler for sudden symptoms. with symbicort, today i'm breathing etter. and that means...fish on! symbicort is for copd including chronic bnchitis and emphyse. it should not be taken more than twice a day. symbirt may increase yourisk of lung infections, osteoporosis, d some eye problems. tell your doctor if you have a heart condition or high blood pressure before taking it. with copd, i thought i'd miss our family tradition. now symbicort significantly improves my lung function, starting within 5 minutes. and that makes a difference in my breathing. today, we'
] >> appreciate it. >> that was president obama at the white house speaking about the bush-era tax cuts. he reiterated he has a pen and ready to sign a bill to extend the bill for middle class. joining us is sasha isenberg. there we have a picture of you. before i go to you, i want to bring this into our panel in new york for one quick second. governor rendell we were speaking during the break -- not during the break, over the president and saying to each other, this is -- >> we were listening. >> we're multitaskers. this playbook is dog erred. we have seen this tactic before and it was the same strategy the president used during the payroll tax cut down to the use of, you know, facebook pleas, the twitter hash tag i have a pen. >> the only thing that's new is a #my2k. >> it worked last time. >> it's what executives and politics who have the bully pulpit who can garner media attention can do and it's a very effective device. people are going to -- the congressmen are going to hear from a lot of their constituents saying why are you holding this up? this makes sense. everybody agrees. of cou
. get it? christmas tree. let them sell it. >> dana: the white house over the weekend, the obama accepted the christmas tree when it arrived and being put up in the blue room today. >> eric: christmas tree? >> dana: it is. >> eric: hold on. hold on. let's use your example of taking federal, state -- the white house is built with our money. >> bob: i have no problem -- >> eric: should obama call at it holiday tree? >> bob: i have no problem with doing things like a christmas tree in the white house or naytivety scene. no problem. i just said in this one case it's different. >> brian: as a group, as "the five," i'm not a member. >> bob: you are. >> brian: i'm filling in for greg. i would say we should ban together and promise never to attend a western piedmont game, scrimmage or the -- >> bob: i got to give up my season tickets. >> brian: the fact is the students want to not do it. let's not go there. >> kimberly: bob, another one for you. >> brian: make the sacrifice. stand for something. >> kimberly: go to rhode island now. another hot story that people are talking about, because
. and today first lady michelle obama and first dog bo unveiled the white house christmas decoration. it feels so much like christmas, it's snowing in the studio. but wouldn't really be able to say 'tis the season without the return of another holiday tradition. that's right. i'm talking about the right wing media's annual war on christmas outrage. you can hear their angelic voices already. >> what the heck is going on with christmas in rhode island? >> now, this is insane, of course. there's no reason to mess around with the word christmas? >> christmas doesn't need to be attacked. >> it was made a holiday to honor jesus christ. it's unbelievable to me that we try to cover that up. >> oh, yes. they are horrified that rhode island's governor almost didn't have a tree lighting ceremony. and can you believe they called official state tree a holiday tree? just like egg nog, mistletoe. >> i think it's part of the secular agenda to get christianity and judiasim out of the square. >> just this week, santa was thrown out of a cancer center. >> the war of christmas is back under way. >> we'll have chr
with them and work out a deal. it's a short drive up pennsylvania avenue from the capital to the white house but congressional republicans and president obama are getting farther apart in their effort to keep the nation from veering off the so-called fiscal cliff. a series of tax hikes and spending cuts due to kick in at the end of the year. >> seems like our friends on the other side is having difficulty turning off the campaign. >> reporter: the white house says the campaign gives the president support from the american people. >> the election was conclusive in terms of which path a majority of the american people want to take. >> reporter: president obama will try to build more support when he meets with middle class americans here in washington today. he'll ask them how the fiscal cliff could impact their lives. on tuesday he invited small business owners into the oval office to offer their ideas. >> they had one message for the president which is they need certainty. please get this deal done as soon as possible. >> reporter: but spending any time on capitol hill it's easy to see a deal
. >>> reporter: it's a short drive up pennsylvania avenue from the capital to the white house. but congressional republicans and president obama are getting farther apart in their efforts to keep the nation from veering off the so-called "fiscal cliff." a series of tax hikes and spending cuts due to kick in at the end of the year. >> seems like our friends on the other side are having some difficulty turning off the campaign. >> reporter: the white house says the campaign gives the president support from the american people. >> the election was conclusive in terms of which path a majority of americans want to take. >> reporter: president obama will try to build support when he meets with middle class americans here in washington today. he will ask them how the "fiscal cliff" could impact their lives. on tuesday, he invited small business owners into the oval as of to offer their ideas. >> they had one message for the president at the oval office, they need certainty. please get this deal done as soon as possible. >> reporter: but spend anytime on capitol hill and it's easy to see a deal isn't fo
at the top of the next hour. president obama very busy today at the white house. he and the vice president will get the daily briefing this morning at 10:00. at 11:35 in the south court auditorium of the old executive office building next door to the white house the president will be meeting with middle class americans whose taxes would go up if congress fails to act to extend those middle class tax cuts. then this afternoon the president will be holding a cabinet meeting. the vice president, of course will be there as well. and at 4:45 this afternoon the president and the vice president attend a meeting with business leaders to discuss the actions we need to keep our economy growing and find a balanced approach to reduce our deficit. all of those meetings, of course, aimed at building support for and putting congress on -- pressure on congress to act to pass the tax cuts for 98% of americans. jay carney with a briefing at 12:30 today. i'll be there and tell you about it tomorrow. back with victoria jones. only citi p
at the white house. we are getting word across the wires here that president obama will meet with mitt romney. he'll come to the white house on thursday. that will be the first meeting that they've had since the election. we don't know what they will sit down and talk b. at one point president obama did say that there were certain issues that he would reach out to mitt romney and discussion. whether it's a photo op sort of formality or whether there is substance to it and perhaps some sort of position, who knows. bill: i think he's been remarkably quiet since the election. martha: thanksgiving pictures. bill: one came out over the weekend too. with the exception of the one conference call where he was on there explaining how he thought the election turned out with some of his major donors, he has been pretty much out of the spotlight. that is going to change perhaps after the meeting this week and we will see that change. lunch date thursday at the white house. martha: we are not invited. bill: be there. martha: if we were we'd know what was happening. bill: the controversy over libya. this s
. she's a fantastic american, great diplomat, but might be better working in the white house since president obama admires her so much as national security adviser. john kerry would pretty much breeze through. kerry is friends with mccain and could do bipartisanship. look, we have big problems in pakistan, afghanistan, iran. the whole middle east is a tender box. it's time to get somebody like john kerry above the fold instead of everything being about susan rice and benghazi. >> let's look at some of the positions that are open. is there a potential here for the president to reach across the aisle? he's talked about ushering in a new bipartisanship. are there some new republicans that would be good choices, good picks for any one of the open cabinet picks? >> absolutely. franklin roosevelt did this. he picked secretary frank knox, both republicans. bob gates was kept as secretary of defense. somebody like including hag echl hagel would go very far. everybody on capitol hill likes him. >> is there anybody that you think would make a real impact, a real different approach, even a ca
president obama at the white house. the presidential campaign is over as you know but the theatrics apparently are not. the president is holding an event to put political pressure on republicans as both sides negotiate a deal to try to avoid the coming fiscal cliff. our chief white house correspondent ed henry is live at the white house. so what are we expecting from the president today, ed? >> reporter: jon he is going to meet with business leaders as you say later this hour. he will come out and talk about where he believes these fiscal cliff talks are. you remember on friday he will be in pennsylvania for essentially a campaign-style event to try and pressure republicans to move forward in these talks. the white house also has this new twitter campaign they unveiled today, the hashtag, my 2 k, as in $2000 believes middle class families will get if the president's push to extend bush-era tax cuts for the middle class to continue. republicans have been saying that is all about campaigning. jay carney, the white house spokesman says it is about engaging the public. take a listen. >>
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did she or anyone in the obama administration intend to mislead the american people. the white house worked to reinforce that tuesday. >> ambassador rice has no responsibility for collecting, analyzing and providing intelligence. >> reporter: acting cia director michael morrell joined rice's capitol hill meting to help her field questions. danielle nottingham, cbs news, washington. >> president obama is turning up the pressure on republicans to avoid the "fiscal cliff." the president talked to small business owners at the white house today and he made his case to extend tax cuts for the middle class and allow bush-era tax cuts to expire for the wealthiest americans. republicans say raising taxes on top earners would hurt small businesses and cost jobs. >> we need to sit down and work this matter out. i think we have a clear sense that there's an opportunity her at the end of the year to do something important for the country. >> he has not waited for people to start smelling the jet fumes at national airport. he put forward a plan. >> if congress doesn't compromise the company will p
, michelle obama showed off the white house christmas decoratio decorations. she had some very special guests. >> we are also honoring our military families with some very special decorations on the official white house christmas tree that's in the blue room. it's the biggest tree in the house. it's huge. stands close to 19 feet tall. it is one of my favorite trees. this very special joining forces tree is covered with hand-decorated ornaments made by military children living in u.s. bases around the world. it's going to be a great holiday for everyone. and we are just excited to have visitors come through. this is our official opening throughout the holiday season more than 90,000 people will come from all around the world to see this house. and i couldn't imagine a better way to get things kicked off by having all of you here with us. >>> and you're in "the situation room." happening now, syria's rebels making gains in their bloody civil war knocking regime aircraft out of the sky. now a former syrian pilot is sharing inside details on his orders to target syrian civilians. the election exp
are we getting all excited about? president obama is meeting with his cabinet at the white house. we'll get the first pictures of that any minute now. earlier today, the president pushed the congress to react on keeping middle class tax rates where they currently stand. >> i'm asking congress to listen to the people who sent us here to serve. i'm asking americans all across the country to make your voice heard. tell members of congress what $2,000 tax hike would mean to you. >> so many people say the president has the upper hand in the debt talks this time around and republicans are starting to show some signs of compromise. >> republicans are willing to put revenue on the table but it's time for the president and democrats to get serious about the spending problem that our country has. but i'm optimistic that we can continue to work together to avert this crisis and sooner rather than later. >> all right. nbc's mike viqueira at the white house. could be one of the last cabinet meetings for a few of the people there. >> reporter: yeah. secretaries of defense and secretaries of state
president obama to come here. no, the two will be sitting down here at the white house tomorrow having a private lunch in the private dining room. there will be no press coverage but we hope that perhaps there will abphoto. remember back on election night the president talked about looking forward to sitting down with governor romney to talk about ways to move the country forward. this after a very tough campaign where either during the debates or out there on the campaign trail each of the candidates have had very strong words about each other's vision for the country. the president was asked about when he would be meeting with mitt romney during his news conference following the election. he said that he looked forward to sitting down and meeting with him, said there are some good ideas, some things of his record that he would like to talk to him about. when he was pressed on that the president said that he thought that mitt romney did a good job in turning the olympics around and he thought that could apply to the federal government to make it more efficient, to make it more custome
, folks. thanks for watching. the white house is keeping republicans in a box. president obama is hitting the road to push the extension of tax cuts for income, for folks under $250,000 a year. the president will kick off his tour in southeastern pennsylvania on friday. today he met with small business owners at the white house and tomorrow he plans to meet with a group of middle-class families. republicans will be countering with their own events. house majority whip is holding a meeting with small business owners next week. the small business owners in the meeting with the president today were on top of the game, top of the issues understood the solution to the deficit plan. >> what grows jobs in america are consumers spending money. and the average person needs that $2,000 in his pocket to drive the economy. saying that tax breaks for the rich drive consumers lower down to spend is like saying you could start your car by pouring gasoline on the hood. there's no proof, there's no factual data to support it. it's completely a sham to say that. >> and he's a business owner. we need more m
in your opinion. i think that the white house and the obama reelection committee, all right, that means david axelrod, basically said that after the murder of the ambassador, they were going to tamp the story down so it didn't intrude on their narrative that the obama administration had decimated al-qaeda. so they ordered dr. rice, the ambassador to the u.n., to go out on the sunday shows and say that the stimulus for the murder was a video rather than a planned terrorist attack, which the am bass tore did. she followed orders. she was a good soldier. now it's all caught up to them. am i wrong? >> i think you're absolutely right. in science there is a principle which means that the simplest explanation for any physical phenomenon is most likely the true one. this is the clearest and most simple explanation for why a complete whopper was told to america on all five shows by susan rice. it did -- the real story would have gone against the narrative. remember the time frame here. we're just a week and a half after the charlotte convention. we are just after day after day after day of democ
single chair is a white male. can you explain that? >> you would think to also note asians went for obama. gay americans went for obama. women went for obama -- >> but the republican party continues with the old, white men. >> they don't understand the demography. they don't understand identity issues in general. i see a difficult time just even having twitter conversations with them about identity. anything you say that notices race it becomes a discussion. you're racist. noticing race doesn't mean you're a racist. look, many studies have shown that diversity in and of itself is positive for a body. having different people from different backgrounds helps the body come to a better position. >> that's what the evidence suggests. >> overwhelmingly so. they don't realize that. i don't know how many black and brown faces do they have in their caucus so they're able to put at the head of committees. >> they have a few. what's your reaction to this? >> i see lots of diversity there. you've got beige. you've got eggshell. you've got ivory. there's a wide spectrum -- no, i mean, they do not have
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